Ackamarackus – pretentious or deceptive nonsense ; a tall story, a hackneyed tale, humbug; malarkey.
15/15 in this general knowledge quiz (with a couple of partially educated guesses).
Your genius is undeniable! This quiz required you to know rhinos, beer, world history, pianos, etc… and you ACED them all! Most people don’t have the mental capacity to remember all these little tidbits of information, but you are not most people! You obviously have a powerful mind and a knack for retaining knowledge.
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) confirms that an isolated population of the Queensland fruit fly has been found in the Auckland suburb of Grey Lynn.
A resident of the higher-risk Zone A in the middle of the existing Controlled Area found a single fly in a lemon tree on his property, captured it and reported it to MPI.
The fly was formally identified as a recently-emerged un-mated female adult fruit fly. This is the only fly that has been found, over and above the initial trapped fly found earlier this week.
Chief Operations Officer Andrew Coleman says thanks must go to the resident who captured and reported the fly, allowing MPI to act swiftly to scope the problem. . .
One man who sees the potential in sheep milk opportunites is putting it to the test.
A Lincoln University farm management and agribusiness lecturer planned to manufacture his own ice cream from milking 125 ewes on his property in Darfield, Canterbury.
Guy Trafford said the roof for his dairy plant was to be put on next weekend.
He said the sheep milking industry was an untapped opportunity for farmers. . .
Irrigating farmers and growers will soon have greater confidence in the outputs OVERSEER® Nutrient budgets (Overseer) generates with the release of the nutrient budget model’s new comprehensive irrigation module.
From late April, Overseer 6.2 will improve the ability to model a range of irrigation systems and practices, dramatically improving its ability to calculate N-loss for irrigated properties.
Overseer General Manager Dr Caroline Read says incorporating the breadth of irrigation systems and management in use today will allowOverseer to address a known shortfall. . .
Livestock has been the number one priority in areas hit by the recent dry – and rightly so – but now pastures also need attention, to fuel farm recovery after rain, and provide the main source of feed for the next 12 months.
A successful pasture recovery plan has three stages: current management while conditions are dry; actions to be taken when rain comes and an autumn pasture renewal programme.
Pasture specialist Graham Kerr says the best way to start is to assess all paddocks on the farm, and divide paddocks into three categories. . .
Entries are now open for the 2015 Rural Bachelor of the Year competition.
Single, rural men wanting to apply to enter the competition face a range of challenges over the National Fieldays week in their bid to be crowned Rural Bachelor and walk away with $20,000 worth of prizes.
Click here for more information.
The competition is held in the lead-up to, and during the New Zealand National Fieldays at Mystery Creek from June 10-13. . .
New Zealand’s largest red meat genetics company is encouraging farmers to get in behind a new initiative which aims to get more prime lambs straight to the works off their mothers and in turn increase farm profitability.
Focus Genetics is launching the new benchmarking challenge “Prime off Mum” open to all New Zealand sheep farmers. Registrations open on Monday February 23 at www.primeoffmum.co.nz.
The challenge will give participating farmers an opportunity to find out how they are tracking against others with similar land classes. . .
A devout farm worker lost his favourite Bible while he was mending fences way out in the back country.
A couple of weeks later, a sheep walked up to him carrying the Bible in its mouth.
The worker wasn’t sure if he should believe what he was seeing.
He, reached out tentatively, took the precious book out of the sheep’s mouth, raised his eyes heavenward and exclaimed, “It’s a miracle!”
“Not really,” said the sheep. “Your name is written inside the cover.”
Saturday’s soapbox is yours to use as you will – within the bounds of decency and absence of defamation. You’re welcome to look back or forward, discuss issues of the moment, to pontificate, ponder or point us to something of interest, to educate, elucidate or entertain, amuse, bemuse or simply muse, but not abuse.
To be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects & enhances the freedom of others – Nelson Mandela.
1245 Thomas, the first known Bishop of Finland, resigned after confessing to torture and forgery.
1440 The Prussian Confederation was formed.
1543 Battle of Wayna Daga – A combined army of Ethiopian and Portuguese troops defeats a Muslim army led by Ahmed Gragn.
1613 Mikhail I was elected unanimously as Tsar, beginning the Romanov dynasty of Imperial Russia.
1842 John Greenough was granted the first U.S.A. patent for the sewing machine.
1875 Jeanne Calment, French supercentenarian and longest-lived human on record, was born (d. 1997).
1879 An explosion in a Kaitangata coal mine killed 34 men.
1885 The newly completed Washington Monument was dedicated.
1903 Anaïs Nin, French writer, was born (d. 1977).
1907 W. H. Auden, English poet, was born (d. 1973).
1910 Douglas Bader, British pilot, was born (d. 1982).
1916 Battle of Verdun started.
1918 The last Carolina parakeet died in captivity at the Cincinnati Zoo.
1919 Kurt Eisner, German socialist, was assassinated.
1924 Robert Mugabe, president of Zimbambwe, was born.
1925 The New Yorker published its first issue.
1927 Erma Bombeck, American humourist, was born (d. 1996).
1927 Hubert de Givenchy, French fashion designer, was born.
1933 – Nina Simone, American singer, was born (d. 2003).
1935 Mark McManus, Scottish actor, was born (d. 1994).
1937 – The League of Nations banned foreign national “volunteers” in the Spanish Civil War.
1952 The British government, under Winston Churchill, abolished identity cards in the UK to “set the people free”.
1952 In Dhaka, East Pakistan (present Bangladesh) police opened fire on a procession of students that was demanding the establishment of Bengali as the official language, killing four people and starting a country-wide protest which led to the recognition of Bengali as one of the national languages of Pakistan. The day was later declared as “International Mother Language Day” by UNESCO.
1960 Cuban leader Fidel Castro nationalised all businesses in Cuba.
1965 Malcolm X was assassinated at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City by members of the Nation of Islam.
1970 A mid-air bomb explosion in Swissair Flight 330 and subsequent crash killed 38 passengers and nine crew members near Zürich.
1971 The Convention on Psychotropic Substances was signed at Vienna.
1972 The Soviet unmanned spaceship Luna 20 landed on the Moon.
1986 Charlotte Church, Welsh singer, was born.
1995 Steve Fossett landed in Leader, Saskatchewan, Canada becoming the first person to make a solo flight across the Pacific Ocean in a balloon.
2013 – Two bomb blasts in Hyderabad, India, killed at least 17 people and injured more than 100 others.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.